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Appendix C - Where To Find Linux Help and Discussions on the Net

Because Linux is developed, maintained, and distributed over the Internet, Linux users have a strong support network online. This appendix is broken down into what you can find within newsgroups and the Web. Newsgroups A number of newsgroups offer discussions on a wide range of Linux topics. Newsgroups are presented in this appendix according to their top-level hierarchy (indicated by the first part of each newsgroup's full name, e.g., comp).

If a particular top-level hierarchy contains a UNIX group but not a Linux group, and you want to discuss Linux within that hierarchy, the UNIX group is often the appropriate location. (d)The comp.os.linux Hierarchy The hierarchy comp.os.linux is the primary collection of Linux newsgroups on the net. These groups are where the majority of Linux discussions, support, and development take place in Internet news forums. Linux Newsgroup Topic comp.os.linux.advocacy Reasons that Linux is better than other operating systems comp.os.linux.announce Linux-related announcements comp.os.linux.answers Helpful documents that are posted monthly to the comp.os.linux.* groups: FAQs, How-Tos, READMEs, and so on comp.os.linux.development.apps Writing applications for Linux and porting applications from other operating systems to Linux comp.os.linux.development.system The development of Linux kernels, device drivers, and modules comp.os.linux.hardware Linux and hardware compatibility comp.os.linux.misc General Linux topics that don't fit into one of the other groups in the comp.os.linux.* hierarchy comp.os.linux.networking Networking and communications under Linux comp.os.linux.setup Setting up Linux, and Linux system administration comp.os.linux.x X Windows with Linux (d)Other Linux Newsgroups A number of other Linux newsgroups are on the Internet. Many of these are local groups, used by Linux user groups in various cities around the world. A sample of the groups available are listed below, sorted according to the top-level hierarchy they're found in. alt The alt hierarchy stands for alternative. This set of newsgroups contains anything and everything, and is the most loosely governed of the newsgroup top-level hierarchies.

This Linux group discusses the Caldera Network Desktop.

Discussions in the country or region-specific hierarchies listed below are generally conducted in the country's home language rather than in English. They are also generally made up of people in or near that country, though others can certainly participate. at The at hierarchy stands for Austria.

This is an Austrian Linux discussion group.
The aus hierarchy stands for Australia.
This is an Australian Linux discussion group.
The dc hierarchy stands for Washington, DC.
Because this is an org subhierarchy, this group is somewhat of a club for Washington, DC Linux users.
The de hierarchy stands for Germany.
This German group discusses the Linux operating system.
The fido hierarchy stands for Fidonet, a way of linking BBS systems.
Here, German-speaking Fidonet users discuss Linux.
The fj hierarchy stands for Fiji.
People at or near Fiji discuss Linux here.
The fr hierarchy stands for France.
This is a French Linux discussion group.
The han hierarchy contains discussions in Korea and among Koreans.
This Korean group discuss Linux kernels, device drivers, and modules.
The it hierarchy stands for Italy.
This is an Italian Linux discussion group.
The linux hierarchy is a top-level hierarchy for Linux itself. It's not as busy as it could be because a lot of sites don't carry the top-levels that don't fall within UseNet's main ones. It contains a lot of Linux development newsgroups.
This hierarchy is large for a non-UseNet top-level one: It has over 55 groups of its own. If you have access to it, you may find it worthwhile. Subscribe to the groups that you find interesting or useful. Note, however, that the primary Linux discussion groups are in the hierarchy comp.os.linux.
The no hierarchy stands for Norway.
People in or near Norway discuss Linux here.
(c)Web Pages
A number of Internet Web pages are related to Linux, but the definitive one is the page for the Linux Documentation Project (LDP). Bookmark this page in your Web browser because it points to a number of other helpful pages. The URL for the main LDP is:
SUNSITEThere are also a number of mirrors for the LDP pages around the world, so you aren't locked into having to web to Austria to read them.

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